Accreditation Orientation. HIGHLANDS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE. What is Accreditation?. The bestowing of credentials symbolizing approval from a professional organization upon practitioners or specific institutions. Acronyms. CFA: The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation
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HIGHLANDS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
The bestowing of credentials symbolizing approval from a professional organization upon practitioners or specific institutions.
The Sheriff’s Office must submit an application to the Commission to participate in the state accreditation process.
The object of the self assessment is to ensure that Sheriff’s Office members are adequately prepared to meet the requirements of accreditation. This includes the review and interpretation of standards, collection of necessary documentation, and implementation of required audit procedures.
The Sheriff’s Office requests an on-site assessment when the accreditation manager believes the Sheriff’s Office has met or exceeds the compliance levels required for accreditation.
Depending upon the accreditation three or more assessors may be selected. Most assessments are conducted over a three day period.
The first day of the on-site assessment usually begins with an entrance interview with the Sheriff, Accreditation Manager, and other Command Staff to discuss the scope of the assessment and the schedule of activities.
Following the entrance interview, the assessors will take part in a variety of activities including a Sheriff’s Office tour, interviews, and a review of the accreditation files. The file review is the most labor intensive of these activities.
Prior to leaving the Sheriff’s Office, at the conclusion of the assessment, the assessment team will conduct an exit interview with the Sheriff, the Accreditation Manager, and other appropriate Command Staff to discuss the results of the assessment and all findings of non-compliance and other issues.
The second to the last step of the accreditation process is the panel review. A panel of Commissioners are appointed to review the assessment report and clarify any remaining issues.
After completing their review, the commission panel will make a recommendation to the full commission to award or deny accreditation to the Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s Office Representatives Receiving Official CFA Accreditation
In order to maintain its accredited status, the Sheriff’s Office must apply for reaccreditation and repeat the five step accreditation process from the beginning.
During the three year period following the commission granting the Sheriff’s Office accreditation, the Sheriff’s Office submits annual certification reports confirming continued standard compliance at levels necessary for accreditation.
Status Boards help you monitor your progress during your assessment periods.
CFA – 276 Standards, 153 Mandatory
Mandatory standards deal with life, health, and safety issues; legal matters; and law enforcement practices; or conditions that reduce high liability exposure.
Standards that are “other-than-mandatory” address current law enforcement practices or good business practices. The Sheriff’s Office must comply with at least 80%.
FCAC – 241 Standards, 97 Mandatory
Mandatory standards deal with life, health, and safety issues; legal matters; essential correctional practices; or conditions that reduce high liability exposure.
FCAC Standards are derived primarily from the Florida Model Jail Standards.
Standards that are “other-than-mandatory” address current correctional practices or good business practices.
The Sheriff’s Office must be in compliance with at least 90% of the applicable “other than mandatory standards”.
For initial accreditation, proofs for existing policies should demonstrate compliance for the twelve month period prior to the onsite.
Proofs for policies issued during the self-assessment phase should demonstrate compliance from the date of the policy.
For reaccreditation, proofs should reflect 3 years of compliance.
Review your General Orders with special attention to your area of assignment.
Be prepared to answer questions posed by the Assessors. They may ask specific questions concerning your individual responsibilities within your area of assignment as well as questions about the Sheriff’s Office general orders.